Name: Jamila Vazquez
Major/Minor: Communication Sciences and Disorders and Spanish/ Latin American Studies (B.S.); Communication Sciences and Disorders M.S.
Sports/Clubs: Spanish for Speech Pathologists, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
Hometown: Northeast Philadelphia
As I reflect on my time at La Salle University, I recognize that my journey to adulthood in these last six years was all worth it. My educational path at La Salle University began with uncertainty of what I wanted for my future. I decided to double major in speech pathology and Spanish and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 2017. This year I am proud to say I graduate with a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders. To look back at this time six years ago, I could not have foreshadowed the many trials I would face to become a bilingual speech pathologist. By also pursuing Spanish I broadened my ability to help other Spanish speakers and to make a significant impact in their lives. The challenges and experiences as a graduate clinician were opportunities to grow, to test and expand my boundaries. From moments of joy and laughter to having meltdowns and doubts, this journey is unforgettable. While at La Salle University, my family relocated, and I transitioned into married life but never was I without support, encouragement, and guidance from my loved ones and my “La Sallian” family to push through anything that came my way. Although I end this chapter with four recently discovered white hairs, I am greatly appreciative and rewarded with beautiful, life-long relationships and an extraordinary career. Most importantly, I thank God because without Him none of this would have been possible. Today I can say that I am proud to be someone who can make positive changes in the lives of others.